Thread lift, also called a barbed suture lift, is a non-invasive procedure that aims to lift and sculpt the shape of your face or breasts. Thread lifts use temporary, medical-grade suture material to “stitch-up” your skin so that it’s drawn taut. It tightens your skin by inserting medical-grade thread material into your face and then “pulling” your skin up by tightening the thread.
The typical candidate for a thread lift is in their late 30s to early 50s, who is in a good health and is just starting to notice the signs of aging. The thread lift procedure works in two ways.
By threading thin, dissolvable sutures underneath your skin, your doctor is able to pull your skin tight. It is invisible, painless “barbs” grab on to your skin as the thread is pulled tight.
The procedure for thread lift may be slightly different depending on the area you’re targeting as well as your provider’s preferences.
1) Alcohol, as well as a topical anesthetic, will be applied to your skin as it’s prepped for surgery.
2) A thin needle or cannula will be used to insert the threads underneath your skin. Inserting the threads can take 30 to 45 minutes.
3) After the threads are inserted, the method of insertion will be removed. You may feel slight pressure or tighten under your skin.
4) Within a few minutes of the needles being taken out, your procedure will be complete and you’ll be free to go home.
This procedure can be performed in about 45 minutes, and, if you want to, you can go right back to work afterward. Finding a trained, licensed provider is the key to a safe, effective thread lift.
Once a barbed thread is inserted, your body’s healing response is triggered. Your body detects a suture material and stimulates collagen production in the affected area. Collagen can fill gaps in sagging skin and restore more youthful elasticity to your face.